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In pictures: Civilians trapped under Islamic State make a perilous escape from Mosul

In pictures: Civilians trapped under Islamic State make a perilous escape from Mosul
Jumah Diwan, 70, flees the fighting in Mosul's Wadi Hajar neighborhood on Saturday. (Nabih Bulos / Los Angeles Times)

As Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State in the streets and alleys of west Mosul, thousands of civilians trapped under the militants' rule are taking the opportunity to flee.

Yet their escape is a perilous one. They navigate for hours through an active battlefield, where bombs, snipers, mortar rounds and airstrikes are a constant threat.

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Bulos is a special correspondent.

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